Southern Oregon Historical Society Honors SOU Archaeologists

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June 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Mark Tveskov, Director of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, Southern Oregon University; Tel: 541-552-6345, tveskov@sou.edu

Rob Esterlein, Executive Director, Southern Oregon Historical Society; Tel: 541-773-6536 Ext.1005, Email: director@sohs.org

Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology to Receive Southern Oregon Heritage Award in Presentation on June 28

The Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) will present its 2014 Southern Oregon Heritage Award to the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) for its contributions to the scientific study of the History of the Rogue Valley and Southern Oregon. The award, given annually for outstanding contributions to the preservation and promotion of history, will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society on June 28.

Led by Dr. Mark Tveskov and staff archaeologists Chelsea Rose and Katie Johnson, the Laboratory of Anthropology at SOU has conducted detailed archaeological investigations at some of the most important historic and prehistoric sites in Southern Oregon. Recent and ongoing investigations include the old Chinese quarter in Jacksonville, Fort Lane in Central Point, the Peter Britt estate in Jacksonville and the site of the Battle of Hungry Hill in 1855 during the Rogue River Wars.

In describing the reasons the Southern Oregon Historical Society chose to honor SOULA, SOHS Executive Director Rob Esterlein commented, “We, the Southern Oregon Community, have benefited immeasurably from the work that Dr. Tveskov, his associates and students have done to apply discipline and scientific method to the study of Southern Oregon’s Past. Not only have they revealed aspects of the lives of individuals and communities that could not have been brought to light otherwise, they have regularly involved the public in the process of archaeological and historical discovery.”

“We couldn’t be more honored to receive this award,” Tveskov commented, “SOULA’s mission is to not only provide an educational opportunity for students seeking jobs in heritage fields, but also to serve Southern Oregon in the stewardship of our collective history.  This award reflects, we feel, the success and spirit of the public partnerships we have collectively developed between not only SOHS, but also local Indian Tribes and municipalities, federal and state agencies, and the public.”

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Oregon Historical Society takes place June 28, from 5pm – 7:30pm at historic Hanley Farm, 1056 Hanley Road in Central Point. The event, which includes entertainment, tours of the historic Hanley farmhouse, refreshments, presentation of awards and a talk by author Dennis Powers, is open to all members of the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

About the Southern Oregon Historical Society The Southern Oregon Historical Society is nonprofit 501c3 organization governed by its elected Board of Trustees, who act in accordance with SOHS bylaws and standard museum practices. The SOHS Director, appointed by the Board, is supported by a dedicated staff. Together, they work with many volunteers who keep the Library open, keep Hanley Farm running, and assist with programs, funding and outreach. More: http://www.sohs.org/our-story

About Southern Oregon University Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.

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SOU Archaeologist Chelsea Rose Featured on National TV Series

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact:

Chelsea Rose, Archaeologist, Southern Oregon University; 541-261-3087; rosec@sou.edu

or, Kelsey Wallace, OPB; 503-445-1893; kwallace@opb.org

June 16, 2014

The second season of Time Team America, the OPB national series that combines archaeological discovery with good storytelling, will premiere exclusively on OPB stations this month—eight weeks ahead of its PBS air date. Produced entirely in Oregon and shot throughout the U.S., each of the four new episodes explores a different region and time in American history through the eyes, ears and expertise of a team of adventurous archaeologists. Time Team America debuts Monday, June 16, at 10 p.m. on OPB.

Working against a ticking clock, scientists Joe Watkins, Allan Maca, Meg Watters, Jeff Brown and Southern Oregon University’s Chelsea Rose join forces with host Justine Shapiro to uncover historical secrets buried beneath the soil. Combining technologically advanced tools and old-fashioned elbow grease, every one-hour episode takes viewers on a journey into the earth and back in time.

“We’re thrilled to be back for a second season of this terrific series,” says OPB’s vice president of TV production David Davis. “There’s nothing else quite like it on TV. Viewers will feel they are right in the trenches with working archeologists as they uncover the artifacts of our past.”

Here’s what’s in store for the team in season two:

–      Tucked between upscale homes in suburban Maryland just outside Washington, D.C., are the remains of an 1830’s plantation—once home to Josiah Henson, the enslaved man who inspired the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What remains here of his life and legacy?

–      In western Oklahoma, the bones of massive 10,000-year-old bison mingle with the remnants of early human-made weapons. What strategies did hunters use against these mammoth beasts before the advent of bows and arrows? What can these bison bones teach us about our ancient past?

–      Camp Lawton, near Millen, Georgia, housed 10,000 Union prisoners at the end of the Civil War. The remains of the camp have long been lost to history. Can Time Team America find the original site of the camp? What artifacts are buried beneath the ground and what do they tell us of the hellish experiences of the prisoners once held captive here?

–      The site of what is believed to have been a 1,200-year-old village is located near Mesa Verde, Colorado, where ancient peoples built one of the first permanent settlements in North America. What did this settlement look like and how did life here shape human history?

To join the conversation, “like” Time Team America on Facebook:facebook.com/timeteamamerica. View behind-the-scenes footage, interactive content and past episodes online at pbs.org/time-team.

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About Time Team America

Time Team America is a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and Videotext Communications, Ltd. and is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The co-executive producer for OPB is David Davis and the co-executive producer for Videotext is Tim Taylor.

About OPB  


OPB is the largest cultural and education institution in the region, delivering excellence in public broadcasting to 1.5 million people each week through television, radio and the Internet. Widely recognized as a national leader in the public broadcasting arena, OPB is a major contributor to the program schedule that serves the entire country. OPB is one of the most-used and most-supported public broadcasting services in the country and is generously supported by members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, visit opb.org.

About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University provides outstanding student experiences, valued degrees, and successful graduates. SOU is known for excellence in faculty, intellectual creativity and rigor, quality and innovation in connected learning programs, and the educational benefits of its unique geographic location. SOU was the first university in Oregon—and one of the first in the nation—to offset 100 percent of its energy use with clean, renewable power, and it is the first university in the nation to balance 100% of its water consumption. Visit sou.edu.